Jerry Douglas, longtime ‘Young and the Restless’ actor, died at the age of 88

Jerry Douglas, best known for his long play in “The Young and the Restless,” is dead. He was 88.

A representative of the soap star confirmed to Fox News that he died on November 9 after a short illness.

The actor, who was born Jerry Rubenstein, died just days before his 89th birthday.

Douglas was born on November 12, 1932 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. His acting career began shortly after, when he began studying with actors Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles, an obituary for the actor.

Douglas will be remembered for his many years of role in “The Young and the Restless” as Patriarch John Abbott and President of Jabot Cosmetics. He began the role in March 1982 and was a mainstay of the show until his character died in an episode from 2006. Douglas then reappeared in the show from time to time as the ghost of his character. His last performance for the role reportedly took place in 2016.

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A statement on the soap opera’s official Twitter account reads: “Please send our condolences to the family to Jerry Douglas, known for his longtime role as the iconic John Abbott on The Young and the Restless. He will be greatly missed. By the Y&R family . “

Anthony Morina, the show’s executive producer, also said in a statement: “On behalf of the entire company of The young and the restless, we send our deepest condolences to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglass. “

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Judith Chapman, Jerry Douglas and Melody Thomas Scott.

Judith Chapman, Jerry Douglas and Melody Thomas Scott.
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“Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits. Our show was fortunate to get an actor of his caliber to join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family,” Morina added. “His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as the Abbott family’s patriarch, John Abbott, is still felt to this day. He will be greatly missed.”

Douglas’ long acting career saw him appear in several films, including “Avalanche”, “The Godson”, “JFK”, “Head Over Spurs in Love” and “Mommie Dearest”.

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Early in his career he appeared in “The Rockford Files,” “Police Story,” “Mannix,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Police Woman,” “Hunger,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Mission: Impossible,” “The Rookies” and more.

Actors Kym Douglas (L) and Jerry Douglas participate in Skip1.org's "Skip and donate" gala event held at The Lot on April 6, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

Actors Kym Douglas (L) and Jerry Douglas are attending Skip1.org’s “Skip And Donate” gala event at The Lot on April 6, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
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Most recently, he appeared as a guest star in episodes of “Melrose Place,” “Cold Case,” “Arrested Development” and “Crash.”

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Douglas was also happy to sing. He released the album “The Best is Yet to Come” and dabbled in theater and music performances.

Douglas leaves behind his wife of 37 years Kym Douglas, sons Jod and Hunter and daughter Avra. He also had two grandchildren and nieces, including Kirby Rubenstein and Solo Rubenstein.

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